basketball - primary



basketball - primary
primary Intra-school/Level 1 Resource - competition card
basketball - primary
Quick introduction
This is a modified version of the traditional game and is
played on a half court or similar sized area. 3v3 works
well but could be played 4v4 or 5v5 if player numbers
and space permits.
Getting started
Only one basketball hoop is required to play the game.
If no court markings are available then set up a cone or
floor line to indicate the playing area.
One ball per game of size 3, 5 to suit participants.
Organise the players into groups of a practical size if
more than one basketball hoop is available.
Explain the playing rules to the participants.
IM basketball - primary
Hints and tips
The ball must be dribbled when moving. Encourage
players to dribble the ball using one hand only.
Encourage the players to perform quality rebounds
(ball collecting) and passing.
Rules can be introduced to ensure all players are
included in the game, i.e. all players on a team must
have touched the ball before a player can shoot for
the basket.
Leadership and volunteering
IM basketball: half court 3v3 encourages primaryaged children to take on a number of leadership
roles during the playing of the game. Children can be
supervisor to referee games, to score keep or to time
keep. These roles not only build confidence but also
assist in the development of transferable academic
Think inclusively (STEP)
■■ Make the playing area larger or smaller to challenge
or support.
Allow players with mobility impairments to remain in
the key without restrictions, if necessary.
■■ Enable some players to carry the ball short distances
without dribbling; or play pass and move without
■■ Reduce the hoop height if possible or provide an
alternative beneath the hoop (for example, a tripod
basket or large box on the floor).
■■ Enable some players to dribble the ball with two
hands until they develop one-handed dribbling skills.
One official (teacher, parent or young person ) per
game to ensure players are playing safely and to the
primary Intra-school/Level 1 Resource - competition card
Quick rules
basketball primary
Game duration can be adjusted to suit the number of
games/facility available. For example play two periods of
five minutes with a one-minute half time.
If teams have additional players, then allow rolling
substitutions on any change of possession. At any
change of possession e.g. foul, basket, steal etc. play
should restart from outside the three point line or edge
of the marked area if you have no court lines.
All baskets scored successfully are awarded two points.
In the event of a tied game the result will be decided
upon completion of a free throw shootout.
Equipment required
A minimum of one hoop.
A ball.
A court or similar sized area.
A whistle.
Pen and watch.
Health and safety
Incidental contact between players
may be inevitable - however, all
players should go out of their way to
avoid creating unsafe play.
For young peop
Think tactics
If you have substitutes they can make
a big difference to the game. Think
about appointing a coach or manager
to ensure they are used effectively.
Spirit of the Games:
Excellence through Competition
Can you have a team discussion
about the proper use of substitutes?

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